Mentoring programs can make a world of difference for children. For many children, the role of mentor and leader is filled by a parent or older sibling, but mentoring programs allow for children to see beyond their immediate world and give them the opportunity to partner and learn from a leader and guide.
Mentoring programs across the nation are in the news as the project receives a national spotlight from the White House. First lady Michelle Obama launched a mentoring program Monday to give local high school girls access to women at the White House.
ABC News carried a story on the project:
Michelle Obama welcomed nearly two dozen 10th and 11th grade girls to the White House this afternoon, kicking off the First Lady’s leadership and mentoring initiative.
“Mentoring has been something that has been important to me forever,” Mrs. Obama told the group, “The one thing I knew I wanted to do was to use this platform as First Lady to expand the mentoring role.”
“I really want kids, young people in this nation to know that when they think of the White House that they think of a place that is open to them. A place where there are folks who really care about their development and want to listen and be part of your growth and want to invest in you as a resource,” she said.
Students selected for the mentoring program come from both private and public schools in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia school systems. Some students are from local military families who have a family member serving abroad or who have lost a family member in service. The chosen students were hand picked by the Principals of the schools, who were asked to select girls who they believed would benefit the most from the program.
There are many wonderful mentoring programs that allow adults with leadership and other skills to volunteer their time and help guide another.